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Harry used to be really good at Snake on the Nokia 5110. Apparently though, digital snake wrangling isn't a proper job, so now he writes words about games instead.

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All the best games on sale for iPhone and iPad right now - May 18th

Posted by Harry Slater on May 18th, 2018

Well done. You've made it to the end of the working week. You deserve a treat. But you don't want to spend all of your money in one go, right? It's only the middle of the month after all. What you need is a deal. Or, more specifically, you need the very best deal. And that's why you've come to check out our list of the best games currently on sale for iPhone and iPad.

As usual, we've stuck download and review links so that you can get all the info you need before you grab a game. And if you think we've missed out any games that are going cheap, then make sure you let us know in the comments. That way we can all save the same amount of money and have a lovely cake or something at the weekend.

The best games that came out for iPhone and iPad this week - 17th May

Posted by Harry Slater on May 17th, 2018

It's Thursday. The fourth day of the week. And more than that, it's the day that most of the new releases hit the App Store. So every Thursday we take a long hard look at the best new games that have landed, so that you can make sure that any money you're spending isn't going to be wasted. After all, that'd be terrible.

Of course, you might have your own ideas about what the best games that came out this week are, so feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments at the bottom of the article. And make sure you come back next week to make sure you're never missing out on a single brilliant iOS game.

What games are there like Rage 2 for mobile?

Posted by Harry Slater on May 16th, 2018

Well, the Rage 2 trailer came out. It's pretty interesting, if you're in to post apocalyptic destruction and games that look an awful lot like Borderlands. But, y'know, shinier. But since that sort of non-portable game really isn't our bag here at 148Apps, we thought it'd make sense to make a list of games that are a bit like Rage 2 that we actually do care about.

One of them was a pretty easy choice. Can you guess which one it was? Even if you can't, make sure you give the list a read, and if you think we've missed something out, let us know in the comments at the bottom of the article. Or if you just want to tell us we've wasted our time and should be doing better. Say something.

The best games for iPhone - The definitive 148 Apps list [Updated May 15th]

Posted by Harry Slater on May 15th, 2018

Hi there, and welcome to our ever-increasing list of the very best games for iPhone. We're going to be updating this regularly with new content, so make sure you check back often, because you're not going to want to miss out on even one of the games we're including here. Trust me, they're that good.

You can click the links below to download the games from the App Store, and find out more about them. And if you've got some games you think should be included, feel free to chuck them into the comments section. Hopefully we can get a good bit of debate going!

The best platform games for mobile

Posted by Harry Slater on May 14th, 2018

It's time to take a look at the best games in a particular mobile genre again. This time we're checking out the cream of the platforming crop. Last time we looked at the best third and first person shooters on the App Store, and you can check that out at this link.

As is often the case, this was a tough list to come up with. There are hundreds of ace platformers out there, and narrowing them down to the finest took some guts. But it also means we might have had to leave your favorite off. If that's happened, then ensure you make the case for whatever game you believe should have been included in the comments at the bottom of the article.

All the best games on sale for iPhone and iPad right now - May 11th

Posted by Harry Slater on May 11th, 2018

It's Friday. It's the end of the week. You've probably got some cash to spare, and you're wondering what you should spend it on? Maybe you're eyeing up the App Store, trying to figure out what's the best deal. Well, you've come to the right place, because this is our weekly roundup of the best games that are currently on sale for iPhone and iPad.

As ever we've included download and review links, so you can find out more about the games and get to the App Store quickly. And if you think we've missed anything, make sure you add your own suggestions in the comments at the bottom of the article. After all, a deal's great, but it's better if everyone can get in on it.

The best games that came out for iPhone and iPad this week - 10th May

Posted by Harry Slater on May 10th, 2018

Seven days have flown past, smashing into history like negligent birds twonking into windows. Which means it's time now to round up the best games that have come out over the last week. It's not a vintage crop, but there's a few gems scattered throughout.

Obviously, if you think we've missed anything you should let us know in the comments section down at the bottom of the article. Oh, and there are download and review links where applicable. So enjoy, grab some brilliant games, and make sure you come back next week, you don't want to miss out on anything after all.

Why is Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery doing so well on the App Store when it got such a critical mauling?

Posted by Harry Slater on May 9th, 2018

It's fair to say that Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery took something of a panning when it was released. We took a look at it, complaining about the pacing, monetization systems, and general blandness of the experience. You can read our thoughts on it by clicking here.

But the critical reception is only one part of the story here. Currently the game is in the top 5 top grossing games on the App Store. And a quick glance at the ratings on the game's listing on iTunes will tell you that it's getting an average of 4.1 stars with every vote. And that's made me wonder about the divide between the people playing these games, and the people writing about them.

All the best games on sale for iPhone and iPad right now - May 4th

Posted by Harry Slater on May 4th, 2018

Well, another week has slipped by into the gaping maw of the past, which means it's time to round up all the best games that are currently on sale for iPhone and iPad. And there are some real beauties out there, believe you me.

That's why this list is so important though, because there's also a lot of trash out there. And we've slid through all of them to make sure we're bringing you the best of the best. Think we've missed anything? Well make sure you let us know in the comments.

The best games that came out for iPhone and iPad this week - May 3rd

Posted by Harry Slater on May 3rd, 2018

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Where does the time go? Why it feels like only yesterday I was writing this list for last week's releases. Anyway, you know the drill by now. Every seven days we round up the best games that have come out on the App Store. This week? No different.

As usual you'll find download links so you can hurl your internet in the direction of iTunes and grab the games without too much hassle. And, if for any reason you think we've missed something off the list, make sure to let us know in the comments at the bottom of the article.

The 5 best games for iPhone and iPad of April 2018

Posted by Harry Slater on May 2nd, 2018

At the start of every month we like to take a look back at the games that have really caught our attention over the previous 30 or so days. We have a sit down, we have a long hard think, and we decide which of the interactive digital experiences we've poked our way through deserves to be included on our best of the month list.

There were some tough decisions to make about which games made it into the top five this month, let me tell you. Coffees were thrown, arguments were had. At one point there was a very real chance that a duel was about to ensue. But we got there in the end. Agree? Disagree? Fancy a duel? Let us know in the comments at the bottom of the article.

Loot boxes, free to play, and wait timers: Do mobile gamers have it worse than console gamers?

Posted by Harry Slater on April 30th, 2018

There's been a lot of buzz about loot boxes in console games over the past few months. Apparently they're bad, and they're killing creativity. Which sort of leads to the following question - have mobile gamers got it worse than traditional gamers?

After all, loot boxes, gacha mechanics, and wait timers have been prevalent in mobile gaming for years now. They're the rule, rather than the exception, but they're also one of the main sticks that critics of mobile gaming use to beat us with. But are mobile games really the worst of the worst, and are their players really getting the raw end of the deal?


Free to play?

Free to play games have been ubiquitous on the App Store for a good long while now. If you’re looking to make it to the pinnacle of the top grossing charts, and you’re not Minecraft, then you’re going to need to make your game free to play. And you’re going to have to spend exorbitant amounts on advertising to get people playing.

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is garbage, and here's why

But unlike console games, there’s no initial outlay here. Sure you’re spending some time and bandwidth getting the game, but it’s not like you’re throwing down $60 to get something, only to find that some of the content is behind a paywall. In that way, you can sort of justify the anger console gamers have been dealing with recently.

On the flip side of that though, the free to play games on the App Store are, in a way, not really for gamers. Sure there are a few exceptions, but for the most part they’re casual or midcore experiences. They might woo you for a while with bright colors and ever-increasing numbers, but you’re unlikely to buy into them if you’re not of a certain persuasion.

Instead, some of the very best experiences on mobile are premium. Games like The Room series, Monument Valley, and Framed. Some of them might have paid-for DLC, but they’re not guarding the finest cuts for those who are willing to reach into their pockets. The breadth of styles and genres on mobile means that there is, quite literally, something for everyone, even if it’s sometimes hard to find.


The big releases

While the majority of console games come out towards the end of the year, in order to capitalize on the holiday rush, there’s a steady stream of amazing experiences coming to mobile - often on a weekly basis.

But there’s a flip side to that too. Any of the really big games that come to console either come to mobile in a massively altered form, or just don’t make it onto the App Store at all. That said, mainstream gaming has become something of a wasteland in terms of innovation in recent years, beset by sequels, remakes, and games that if they came out on mobile would get slated as clones.


The verdict

There’s pros and cons to both mobile and non-mobile gaming, but it’s fair to say that while mobile has dealt with a lot of the problems that are besetting AAA games, it’s also managed to circumnavigate them pretty well. Discovery is still an issue for a lot of premium titles, but they’re there, and sites like 148Apps are going to point you in the right direction.

At the same time, there are definitely a lot more games on the App Store that you could point to as being, not evil, but certainly designed to get the most money out of players. But then, these are products, created so the people behind them can earn cash, so that’s hardly a surprise.

In the end, the variety that mobile gaming offers means there’s always going to be more space for innovation than there is in the console sphere. You’re not going to see Clash of Clans on Xbox anytime soon, but the AAA manufacturers are looking at the massive amounts of money a handful of mobile developers are making and trying to move into a similar space.

Do mobile gamers have it worse? No, not at all. But if the history of mobile gaming is anything to go by, there’s a very good chance that console players are going to be hit by ideas much worse than loot boxes in the not-too-distant future.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below

All the best games on sale for iPhone and iPad right now - April 26th

Posted by Harry Slater on April 27th, 2018

There's always a whole bunch of games on sale on the App Store. So much so that it's often difficult to decide which of them you should be chucking your money at. But that's where we come in. Every week we round up the very best games that have had some cash knocked off their normal price.

We've included download links for all of the games as well, so you can swoop over to the App Store and grab the games without too much hassle. And, where they exist, we've given you links to our reviews of the games too. That way, if you need to read more before your purchase, you're all set. And if you think we've missed anything, make sure you let us know in the comments.

The best games that came out for iPhone and iPad this week - 26th April

Posted by Harry Slater on April 26th, 2018

Some of the games that we were looking forward to this week have really left us disappointed. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, we're looking at you. But that doesn't mean there aren't some great new additions to the App Store. And it doesn't mean we're not going to do you a round up for you our fearless readers either.

There's almost something for everyone, and we've included download links so you can hop straight over to the App Store and grab them without any hesitation. And if you think we've missed anything out, chuck your own suggestions in the comments at the bottom of the article.

The best first and third person shooters for mobile

Posted by Harry Slater on April 25th, 2018

There are lots of arguments that iOS gamers like to have, but one of them involves which is the best shooter on the App Store. We're not talking about arcade shooters or bullet hell games here, we're talking about first and third person shooters. So we figured it was time to talk about the games that really are the cream of the crop.

And because we're a friendly lot here, we've included download links so you can grab them from the App Store as quickly as possible. And links to our reviews so you can check out exactly what we think about each of the games on the list.